For the first time, reserve soldiers of the Armored Corps participated on Fitness Day, which was held last week in the Golan Heights

Date: 09/06/2009, 4:21 PM     Author: Arnon Ben-Dror

Navigating tanks, combat fitness tests, assembling and dismantling caterpillar tanks, team tracks, obstacle competitions, extinguishing fires and long distance shooting range were among the several competitions that commanders and soldiers of the Armored Corps took a part in during Fitness Day, which took place last week in the Golan Heights. Attendees of the event included Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Maj. Gen. Dan Harel and Head of the GOC Army Headquarters, Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi

During Fitness Day of the Armored Corps, three reserve brigades participated for the first time. The reserve soldiers competed separately from the soldiers in their compulsory service, and used the Merkava Mark II battle tank which has been on the front line of the IDF (Zahal) since the 1960’s

On behalf of the regular forces, the Training Division of the Armored Corps won for their second consecutive year. The Training Division maintains the Armored Corps Training School, and also brings up the satisfaction level to the professional status it displays.

The reserve soldiers have demonstrated an impressive ability during most of the competitions they participated in, especially during the long distance target shooting. “The advantage of the reserve soldiers is the relaxation level, accumulated over many years, and their lack of stress even with the presence of the Deputy of the Chief of the General Staff who was watching them,” says head of the gunnery department, Maj. Elder Biran, who was one of the organizers of the Fitness Day event.

During Fitness Day of the Armored Corps, the participation of the reserve soldiers was intended to strengthen the connection between them and the soldiers in compulsory service, as well as to generate competitiveness and ambition for excellence also during reserve duty. “The joining of the reserve brigades is designed to create a sense of heritage between the regular and veteran soldiers, which constitutes part of the energy of the corps,” said Maj. Biran.